Riders of the Frontier is a better than average western starring singing cowboy Tex Ritter. In a typical plot, Ritter is undercover as a wanted killer, Ed Carter in order to infiltrate the gang that is robbing cattle rancher Marin Sais (Sarah Burton) of her cattle. He manages to convince the cheating ranch foreman John Rutherford (Bart Lane) and all his henchmen Olin Frances, Nolan Willis and Merrill McCormick of his identity, but not Hal Taliaferro, with whom he has more than one fight. In one of those Ritter defends Manten Moreland (Chappie) the black cook - he also sings the Boll Weevil song with Moreland - a rare show of decency for any movie of the time. All this time Rutherford has forced the doctor to give Sais medicine that makes her more ill every day, enabling him to exert control, while pretending concern, When the new nurse pretty Jean Joyce (Martha Williams), rescued by Ritter, shows up at the film's beginning, things begin to change on both fronts. Joyce, between 1934-39 appeared in 14 films, and was cridted in 7. Things get sticky when the real Ed Carter shows up. Ritter sings a few songs, there are fist fights, and shoot 'em up action alomg the way. The film gets 4 stars for good acting and good politics.
July 19, 2015 Subject:
Re previous review
Are you speaking about the streaming version or the download file? I just downloaded the MPEG4 (MP4) file, and it runs complete without any glitches.
EDIT: I just streamed the entire film using Internet Explorer 11. Like the download file, it ran complete without any freeze-ups, glitches or dropped content.
July 8, 2015 Subject:
About 21 minutes into the movie the picture freezes, with sound continuing, and few changes of picture thereafter. I hope the uploader will try again.
May 12, 2015 Subject:
Tex Ritter In One Of His Best
This production for Monogram in 1939 had such heavy hitters on the opposite side of the camera such as Scott Dunlop, Spencer Gordon Bennett, and William Nolte coupled with some better than average cast members behind "ole Tex", it couldn't fail. Tex himself was by now very secure in his persona and had enough experience to lead this picture with a certain swagger even. It didn't hurt to have a couple of stalwarts like Hal Talliaferro and Roy Barcroft in the cast either.
Mantan Moreland is fine as a comedic cook and his duet with Tex on the old classic "Boll Weevil" is a highlight of the film. All and all a very pleasing entry in the Tex Ritter catalogue, to be sure.
"The Boll Weevil Song" from unknown Southern regions was always a stage hit as sung by Tex on personal appearances and he sang it in a Negro dialect with no apologies. He put it on record a couple of times. Side note; Fats Domino and Brook Benton had hit records on the song in the 50's. Another side note; Of the 30 films produced by Edward Finney at Grand National and then Monogram, about ten of them are on IA and have no reviews. Check for them on the search line, but beware, they are a mixed bag. This one has great picture and sound and quite watchable Enjoy